DIY Pet Treats for Dogs, Cats and Horses!

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Get ready to make DIY Pet Treats!

According to CNN, people are spending more time in the kitchen during the coronavirus pandemic for old-fashioned, homemade comfort! Be sure to include your pet with these healthy, DIY Pet Treats below!

 

Whether your pet is a dog, cat or horse, keep reading to find the perfect DIY Pet Treat recipe below with human-grade and healthy ingredients for the fraction of the cost of commercial treats! We promise you will be rewarded with purrs, licks and nudges!

Basic Ingredients Make Great Pet Treats

 

Homemade Treats for HorsesHorses Love Homemade Treats!

Carrots, apples and oats, oh my! What could be better for your horse than all his favorite foods in one treat?! Add some beneficial flax seed (high in Omega-3 fatty acids) for an irresistible treat that will also improve their coat!

Homemade Flax Horse Treats

1 cup ground flax seed

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup shredded apple

2 cups quick oats

1-1/2 cups molasses

¾ cup water

½ cup brown sugar


Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients together. More (or less) water may be needed depending on the consistency, it should be sticky. If it is too dry, add more water, a little at a time. If it is too runny, add some more flaxseed and rolled oats until the mixture sticks together.

Grease 2 cookie sheets. Using a spoon, make balls, about 2” wide and place on the greased cookie sheet. You can put them close together (but not touching) because they will not increase in size.

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes.

Allow them to cool before removing from the cookie sheets and place them on a cooling rack or plate to thoroughly cool before feeding.


Find more horse treat recipes on these links:


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Your Cat will Purr for Homemade Treats!Homemade Treats for Cats

Sardines are incredibly healthy for cats (and dogs). They are high in protein, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and a variety of beneficial minerals including calcium, copper, iron and more. Preferably use sardines packed in water with no salt and share with Fido too!

Meow Yummy Sardine Treats (no bake!)

2 flat cans of sardines (do not drain)

2/3 cup cooked rice

1 tablespoon pureed liver

¼ cup chopped parsley


Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Shape into balls of desired size or simply spoon into a dish to serve. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days or frozen.


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Homemade Treats for DogsDIY Treats for Your Dog

Do you love gummy bears or other gummy candies? Time to share with your dog with this quick recipe with just TWO ingredients!

Chicken Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe (no bake!)

1 cup chicken or beef stock (low sodium)

2 tablespoons or packets of unflavored gelatin


In a small pot, bring the stock to a boil. Remove the pot from heat and let it cool for 3 minutes.

Whisk in gelatin until no clumps remain. Let the liquid cool off for a few minutes and pour into your favorite silicone molds or ice cube trays.

Refrigerate for several hours until set like Jello.

Want them faster? Put them in the freezer for about 90 minutes. NOTE: If you do freeze the treats, let them thaw before offering to your dog to avoid damaging his teeth.

Store treats in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze for a couple of months.

Suggestions: Add mint, parsley, turmeric, pieces of fruit or veggies before refrigerating or freezing.


Find more dog treat recipes on these links:


Once your pet is full and happy with their homemade DIY Pet Treats, it’s the perfect time to groom them with our EquiGroomer grooming tools!

Stress-free, pain-free and injury-free grooming for you and your pet!

For Easy Grooming, Use the EquiGroomer Tools!

Order individual EquiGroomer tools or professional kits for your pet shop or tack shop, by calling 860-573-0604, sending us an email or visiting our website today!


Additional Reading:

The Horse: Horse-Approved Homemade Treat Recipes

Budget Equestrian: How to Make Homemade Horse Treats

Care.com: 10 Easy Homemade Treats Your Cat (and Instagram!) will Total Love

Must Love Cats: Homemade Cat Treats

Good Housekeeping: 12 Best Homemade Dog Treats to Make for Your Pup

 Puppy Leaks: 25 Simple Dog Treat Recipes

 

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Carding or Hand-Stripping Your Dog

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Some breeds require carding or hand-stripping your dog

Many K9 guardians are grooming their own dogs because of the coronavirus shutdown. So EquiGroomer wants to help make your dog grooming smarter, not harder when it comes to carding or hand-stripping your dog.


If you are like many dog owners, you are suddenly finding yourself faced with grooming your dog while many grooming businesses remain onCarding your dog deals with their undercoat lockdown as non-essential businesses. With the arrival of spring and even summer temperatures, many are challenged with effectively grooming their dog’s undercoat and topcoat after the long winter. With more daylight hours and warmer temperatures, shedding dogs are a big issue right now.

So, does your dog need carding, hand-stripping, both or neither one? (Hint: they are not the same thing.)

Before you decide, let’s take a quick look at each process separately.

The Dog’s Undercoat: Carding

Carding is a grooming term – and process – to describe the removal of a dog’s undercoat. The undercoat is the soft, short, downy and dense hair under the top (or outer) coat. The undercoat insulates and protects the skin in colder weather.

Carding is accomplished by using:

The shedding tool will grab, pull and remove (or thin out) the dead or molted undercoat hair which may not fall out on its own with the warmer temperatures. Removing this heavier winter undercoat will also help your canine stay comfortable – and cooler – in the heat.

Carding is typically done on dogs who:

  • Have thick fur
  • Have a double coat
    • Including the Sporting Breeds like Cocker Spaniels and Setters to help the topcoat lay flatter with a smoother appearance
    • Goldens, Huskies, Collies and Pomeranians
  • Are Short-Coated
    • Including Pugs, Chihuahuas, Labs and others

The Dog’s Topcoat: Hand-Stripping

In contrast, hand-stripping a dog describes the process of removing the Hand-stripping your dog involves the follicles of their topcoattopcoat (also known as a guard coat) that helps repel water, dust and dirt while also protecting the skin from injury. The guard coat is made up of guard hairs which are coarser in texture (i.e., wire-haired) and are thicker and longer.

Hand-stripping removes the guard hairs from their follicles by pulling or plucking them out with the thumb and forefinger while leaving the undercoat untouched. When done properly (gently and in the direction of the hair growth), your dog will not feel any pain. Hand-stripping is an alternative to clipping a dog’s topcoat with clippers or scissors.

Not all dogs need to be hand-stripped, it is more about the type of coat than about the dog’s breed. Also, some coats will require just seasonal stripping, while others will need to be stripped more frequently.

Hand-stripping is typically done on the following breeds:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Affenpinscher The Affenpinscher requires hand-stripping their coat
  • Bouvier de Flanders
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Jack Russel Terrier
  • Schnauzer
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Wire Fox Terrier
  • Wirehaired Dachshund
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Benefits: Carding and Hand-Stripping

Whether you – or your groomer – is carding or hand-stripping your dog, this kind of grooming is vital for their overall healthy coat and skin! These grooming processes help:

  • Stimulate the hair follicles for new healthy hair growth; and
  • Stimulate the tiny sebaceous gland’s production of natural and lubricating oils called sebum.

Remember, just like with humans, the skin is your dog’s largest organ and its health and condition are crucial to the overall well-being – and comfort – of your four-legged companion. 


Our EquiGroomer grooming tools make the experience pain-free, injury-free and stress-free for you and your pet!

Carding your dog is easier with EquiGroomer tools
Order individual EquiGroomer tools or professional kits for your pet shop or tack shop, by calling 860-573-0604, sending us an email or visiting our website today!


Additional Reading:

Grooming Smarter: What is Carding?

The Honest Kitchen: Basics of Hand Stripping

Dog.com: Dog Fur Facts

Dog Grooming Tutorial: Carding and Combing a Dog’s Coat During Grooming

PetGuide.com: Grooming Basics: All About Hand Stripping

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Learn Mindfulness From Your Pets to Counter Coronavirus!

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Learn Mindfulness from Your Pets

It’s a stressful time right now not to mention a whole new world! But for our pets, it’s just another day as they are blissfully ignorant of the current world events. Perhaps it’s time to learn mindfulness from your pets!

 


What is Mindfulness?

Unfortunately, most of us have been taught or conditioned to react or respond to what we perceive as reality around us. When we do this, we Learn Mindfulness to Deal with Life's Challengesoften find ourselves worrying about the past or fearful about the future. Neither are natural states of being. Thankfully our pets always live in the moment, so let’s learn mindfulness from our pets!

Mindfulness is all about “being in the moment” and creating our own state of being. When we live in the moment (instead of the past or the future), we enjoy:

  • Enhanced mental clarity.
  • Improved concentration; and
  • The ability to better relate to others.

Learn the “7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset” from the Success Magazine.


Keep reading to learn how to master mindfulness from the masters themselves.


Learn Mindfulness From Your Pets, the Masters!

Our Animals Live with Mindfulness NaturallyThe one thing most of us have at this moment is time. Spending quiet and quality time with our animals can help us fine-tune our skills in mindfulness. Our pets have this amazing ability to relax and soothe us by just being close! Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, horse or some other animal you love, pets naturally transfer us from the stressful chaos of our lives into being in the moment with petting, grooming or even just cuddling with them.

I love hanging out with Clifford my horse even when he’s just grazing in the pasture. He reminds me to focus on and appreciate Mother Nature. He leads by example by living in the moment, enjoying the fresh air and the warmth of the sunshine. He doesn’t have a care in the world; especially about what tomorrow may (or may not) bring! (Click on the image to enjoy Clifford’s video!)


Want to practice mindfulness with your dog? Click here to learn more from Harvard Medical School.

Our Pets Teach Us Mindfulness and EmpathyWhat would our pets tell us if they could talk? Perhaps that slowing down and being present in this very moment will help us find the mindfulness and peace our hearts and souls crave.

“With the awareness and empathy you build while taking care of your pet’s needs, you enhance your ability to be more mindful in everyday interaction with friends and strangers alike.” All About Cats, an Online Community for Cat Lovers

Imagine how that would help your life and interactions with your co-workers, friends and even family.

Use Your Pets to Learn and Practice Mindful Meditation by Focusing on Them

Meditate with Your Pet

Use your pet to learn and practice mindful meditation by focusing on the little things about them. Softly touch them and really notice how soft their fur, feathers or coat is beneath your fingertips. Watch and breathe along with them. Lose yourself by looking in your pet’s eyes. If you’re cuddling, feel their heartbeat along with your own.

This is what means to be in the moment, just being together and enjoying a sense of calm awareness. Practice this same kind of attention and focus in other parts of your life and know you can call peace, relaxation and mindfulness to you anytime no matter what is going on in the world.

 


Learn how to meditate with your pet to relieve stress (yours and theirs!) with this article from the Animal Wellness Magazine!


Grooming Your Pet Helps You (and them) Release Stress and Be in the MomentStay mindful, healthy and positive!

The simple act of grooming your pet can help you (and them) release pent-up stress and enjoy being in the moment with them.

The EquiGroomer tools make grooming easy and pain-free brushing with NO pulling or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin. Happy, relaxed pets and owners.

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


 

Additional Reading:

How Pets Can Sharpen Your Mindfulness Skills

Meditation for You and Your Pets

Mindfulness and Your Dog

How Pets Can Help You Meditate and Be More Mindful

 

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Groom Your Pet Regularly During Coronavirus!

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Groom Your Pet Regularly During Coronavirus

It’s certainly a difficult and unusual time with the coronavirus. Especially for those with pets who require regular grooming.  Even with groomers closed, you need to groom your pet regularly during coronavirus!

 

Despite the current state of the world, our pets need their overall well-beingConsistent Grooming is Essential During Coronavirus for You and Your Pets attended to on a regular, daily basis. In this unprecedented time, our pet’s health is equally as important as our own! Our pets rely upon us daily to protect them and ensure their best health and quality of life. Also, during all the uncertainty, we need our beloved pets even more for their infinite love, support and companionship while we all self-quarantine.

Since many groomers have been ordered to close as “non-essential” businesses, dogs, cats and even rabbits still need to be groomed on a regular, consistent basis for their overall comfort and health.

 


Consistent pet grooming involves 10 essential basics for ensuring physical and mental benefits. Click here to read/review our previous post.


No matter what is going on around us, regular brushing is an essential part of your pet’s overall hygiene, health, comfort and happiness. Our EquiGroomer grooming tools make the experience easier, comfortable and stress-free!

 

Regular Grooming Is Always Appropriate

Grooming Your Pet Also Benefits Your Stress With Coronavirus!By keeping up with your pet’s regular grooming, you can keep your pet’s coat in good shape, without painful matting, burrs and/or allergens. You can also address any potential health issues before they require a potentially stressful visit to your veterinarian during the shelter-in-place mandates.

By keeping up with your pet’s regular grooming, you can keep your pet’s coat in good shape, without painful matting, burrs and/or allergens. You can also address any potential health issues before they require a potentially stressful visit to your veterinarian during the shelter-in-place mandates.

 

Brushing Your Pet Benefits You Too!

With all the uncertainty and “unknowns,” many of us may be feeling additional stress along with the loss of control. Brushing your pet every day helps not only relax your pet, but it’s also priceless when it comes to naturally reducing your own stress. By grooming your pet regularly during coronavirus, you will strengthen the bond between you and your precious pet.

 

Can Your Pet Get or Transmit Coronavirus?

There’s been a lot of rumors and misinformation about the coronavirus andCOVID-19 is Not Related to any Pet Coronavirus! our domestic pets. So, we’d like to take a quick moment and address what you need to know.

  • While there IS a “coronavirus” for canines (called CCV or canine respiratory coronavirus) and felines (feline coronavirus), the current COVID-19 virus strain is not connected in any way.
  • The WHO, CDC, AVMA and AKC all agree there is no imminent threat from our pets for transmitting the Coronavirus. Please do not abandon your pet!
  • Even petting a dog’s fur is considered low risk according to the AVMA, because the virus survives best on smooth surfaces.
  • Your pet does not need a face mask for protection.
  • Groom your pet regularly during coronavirus to eliminate any chance of the virus being on your pet’s coat and to maintain the best possible hygiene in your home.

 


Coronavirus Update on Pets Video

For further information, watch the “COVID-19 Update on Pets” video with Rodney Habib, Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Sarah Caddy of the University of Cambridge.


DIY: Pet-Safe & Natural Sanitizers

With the ongoing shortages of commercial sanitizers, make your own pet-safe products with the video below from Dr. Andrew Jones!

Use Pet-Safe and Natural Sanitizers During Coronavirus

 

 

Veterinarian Andrew Jones’ DIY Pet Safe Natural Soap, Hand Sanitizer & Disinfectant

 

 

 

As we all move through this uncertain time together, stay safe, healthy and positive!


Equigroomer Tools Makes Pet Grooming Easier!

 

The EquiGroomer tools offer easy and pain-free brushing with NO pulling or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin.

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

DIY Tips for Grooming a Dog at Home

Cat Grooming

Rabbit Grooming

Your Pets Unlikely to Get or Give Coronavirus

Can Pets Get Coronavirus (COVID-19) from Humans? Here’s What Vets Know

 

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Your Horse’s Spring Shedding: What You Need to Know

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Here's What You Need to Know about Your Horse’s Spring Shedding

Our last blog focused on how to protect your horse from spring mud and the abundance of moisture in paddocks, pastures and stalls. Today’s post will focus on another common spring issue, shedding! Learn how to survive your horse’s spring shedding AND what it may reveal about your equine’s health.


Spring Means Shedding … and a LOT of It!Spring Shedding Means a Lot of Horse Hair

Ahh, springtime! Warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and beautiful new growth every way! But it also means something else, your horse’s spring shedding of their heavier winter coats. 

While most horses will begin shedding with the emergence of spring, this is not true for all horses.

Keep reading to learn why some horses may not shed on time or as quickly as others.

 

It’s NOT About Warmer Temperatures

While shedding is a springtime nuisance, it’s actually a “complex physiological process” which can tell you a lot about your horse’s overall health.

Did you know that your horse’s spring shedding is NOT triggered by warmer temperatures? Equus Magazine explains:Shedding by Your Horse is Due to Extended Spring Daylight Hours

Shedding is not triggered by temperature. It’s linked to photoperiods. As the hours of daylight increase, a horse’s winter coat begins to loosen and shed. This process started way back in late December, but you usually won’t see the obvious, hairy results until now.

Each horse should shed on a consistent schedule each year; even though that timeframe may be different for each horse. Individual horses will also shed their winter coat in the same pattern each year (i.e., shedding from their necks first and then along their flanks).

But what if your horse is not shedding as usual? Below we explore some of the health reasons a horse may not be shedding “on time.”

 

The Johnny-Come-Lately Shedding Horse

Is your horse keeping his heavy winter coat longer this year? There may beSenior Horses May Shed Later a few medical reasons behind it.  

Cushing’s Disease
  • If your horse normally sheds his winter hair the same time each year, shedding his hair late could be a sign of Cushing’s Disease (especially if your horse is over 7 years old). Cushing’s Disease is a common hormonal disorder in equines involving a dysfunctional pituitary gland which can disrupt timely shedding.
  • Another sign of Cushing’s Disease includes long “cat hairs” under their belly and chin which typically shed last.
  • Contact your veterinarian right away to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan (and to avoid the development of laminitis).
Deworming

Another issue behind a horse shedding late may involve the need for deworming. Usually, administering a dewormer – if needed – will encourage the complete shedding of their winter coat. Your veterinarian can best advise you.

It Might be Your Barn!

If your horse is completely healthy and parasite-free, your barn may be atYour Barn Can Affect Your Horse's Spring Shedding! fault! Since the extra daylight hours trigger a horse’s winter coat to shed, artificial lighting and dark barn interiors may cause a delay in timely shedding. To remedy this issue:

  1. Give your horse 24-hour access to pastures.
  2. Adjust your turnout schedule; or
  3. Use full-spectrum bulbs in your barn’s lighting fixtures timed to turn on and off automatically for providing a total of 16 hours of daylight (natural and artificial).
Not Enough Grooming and Brushing

While medical issues may be behind your horse’s late shedding, it might also be something as simple as not providing enough vigorous grooming and brushing to effectively promote your horse’s normal shedding schedule.

Make sure you keep up with your regular grooming and brushing to help stimulate the hair follicles for shedding the old winter coat and encouraging new healthy growth!

 


 Always check with your regular vet to properly diagnose and treat your horse relative to their health history and overall condition.


 

 

Consistent Equine Grooming Is Critical for Your Horse’s Health!

Equigroomer Grooming Tools Addresses Your Horse's Spring Shedding

 

Maintaining a regular grooming routine year-round helps ensure proper shedding and new hair growth!

Check out our 20-Piece Equine Tack Shop Start Kit to make grooming your horse easier, faster and more comfortable!

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


 

Additional Reading:

Spring Shedding in Horses: Troubleshooting a Late Shedding Horse

What Shedding Can Tell You About Your Horse’s Health

Cushing’s Syndrome in Horses

Help Your Horse Shed its Winter Coat

 

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Spring and Your Horse: How to Protect Them

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Spring Mud and Horses Do NOT Mix!

Although officially it’s not yet Spring, warmer temperatures, melting snow and rain are already creating muddy headaches for horse owners. This post will help you safely navigating spring health issues with your horse. 


“Horses evolved on prairies; their feet are healthiest when kept away from wet conditions. Nature designed them for a dry climate, just like she designed them to be moving and grazing all day.” Julie Bullock, DVM, Equine Practitioner and Farrier in Mt. Sidney, VA


Spring Moisture and Its Challenges for Horses

While it’s a natural transition from the winter season to green pastures, springtime for your horse poses some tricky issues. When hooves are continuously moist, muddy or even waterlogged, they become vulnerable to a variety of health conditions including scratches, rain rot and thrush. Below, we’ll take a closer look at each of these issues.

Spring and Your Horse: Scratches

  • AKA: Pastern Dermatitis, Dew Poisoning and Grease/Greasy Heel
  • Caused by:
    • Moist and dirty stalls, muddy paddocks and pastures
    • Exposure to wet, scratchy grass causing local irritation
    • Bacteria (the same organism behind rain rot)
    • Chronic skin inflammation
    • External parasites (i.e. mites)
  • Symptoms:
    • Painful inflammation and lesions around exposed pasterns (the top and back of the hoof, but may cover the entire lower leg)
    • Scaly, crusty and scabby skin with swelling and redness
    • Hair matting
    • Lameness
  • Horses with white legs and heavier equines (i.e., draft horses) may be more susceptible
  • Not normally considered contagious

 

Click here to learn more about Scratches prevention and more treatment options at EquiSearch.com.

Spring and Your Horse: Rain Rot

  • AKA: Rain Scald and Mud Fever
  • Caused by:
    • Bacterial spores
    • Heavy rainfall, high humidity and warm temperatures
  • Symptoms:
    • Crusty scabs that peel off with clumps of hair
    • Bare spots on the skin
    • Itchiness
    • Small, pus-filled bumps called pustules
    • Scabby tufts called “paintbrush lesions”
  • Highly contagious to other horses, animals and humans
  • Sometimes mistaken for ringworm, a fungal disease
  • Treatment:
    • If left untreated, rain rot can lead to secondary infections
    • Do NOT share tack, equipment or grooming tools with an infected horse.
    • Separate infected animals to prevent from spreading
    • ONLY use rain sheets or blankets that are breathable
    • Help prevent rain rot by scraping all excess water off after bathing (our WaterWisk makes this quick and easy) and making sure the horse is completely dry.
    • Click here to learn about home remedies for addressing rain rot.

Spring and Your Horse: Thrush

  • Caused by:
    • Wet and muddy conditions and unsanitary stalls
    • A degenerative infection from packed mud in the equine foot  (specifically in the grooves of the horse’s frog and hoof cracks)
    • Heavy rainfall, high humidity and warm temperatures
      Equine Spring Challenge: Thrush

              Courtesy: Merck Vet Manual

  • Symptoms:
    • A painful infection
    • Visible dark, gooey discharge with a foul smell (like rotting cheese)
    • Change in hoof color
  • Horses with high set, deep heels are more susceptible
  • Treatment:
    • Move the horse to a clean and dry environment to encourage healing
    • Click here to learn about 10 treatments for equine thrush (including apple cider vinegar).
  • Prevention:
    • Carefully and gently pick horse’s feet daily, before and after riding
    • Swab daily with a gentle preventative/powder

  

This information is not a substitute for professional, medical advice. Check with your regular vet or farrier to best treat your horse considering their health history and overall condition.



Horse Grooming is Critical for Your Horse's HealthConsistent Equine Grooming Is Critical for Your Horse’s Health!

Maintaining a regular grooming routine year-round helps detect skin and other health issues early and ensures quick and effective treatment!

Check out our 20-Piece Equine Tack Shop Start Kit to make grooming your horse easier, faster and more comfortable!

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


 

Additional Reading:

The Trouble with Mud

4 Horse Hoof Problems Caused by Mud and Rain

Mud-Related Health Problems

How Do I Get Rid of Rain Rot?

Thrush in Horses: Tips and Cures

 

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Dry Winter Air: How to Address Your Pet’s Skin Issues

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Dry Winter Air Is Tough on Your Pet's Skin

With freezing temperatures and dry winter air, the air inside our homes becomes even drier and that means winter challenges for our pets.

If there’s one thing we can commiserate with our pets, it’s dry winter air! With seasonally low humidity and constant heating, even humans are challenged with dry, flaky skin, respiratory problems like bronchitis, dried out, achy sinuses and sudden nosebleeds.

Imagine how your pet feels!

Winter Issues for Our Pets

Dry winter air and even drier air inside cause real challenges to our pet’s overall health. Issues like:Cats Suffer from Dry Winter Skin

  • Dry skin;
  • Dandruff;
  • Itching; and
  • Static electricity.

To help address the challenges from dry winter air, use a humidifier to put moisture (humidity) back into your home.

Want to avoid buying an expensive humidifier? Try water-filled vases on windowsills exposed to sunlight, boil a tea kettle on the stovetop and place metal or ceramic bowls of water on heat radiators or registers.


Reduce static electricity by dusting with a non-static dryer sheet – wipe down furniture too.


Keep reading to learn other effective remedies to help keep your pets comfortable despite the dry winter air.

Dry Winter Air: Canines

Even with the extra protection of their fur coat, canines are still challenged by dry winter air and the effects on their skin can be exacerbated by regularly going in and outdoors.


 “Excessively dry skin on your dog will manifest itself in ways you might expect, such as dandruff-like flaking and brittle hair. But excessive scaling … could be a sign of a bacterial skin infection, which requires veterinary attention for treatment.”

(Dr. Nicole A. Heinrich, Veterinarian, McKeever Dermatology Clinics)


Remedies:

  1. Dog-friendly topical moisturizers (weekly or every other week; ask your vet)
  2. Increased brushing to stimulate and distribute the skin’s natural oils
  3. Vitamin E oil for dry noses
  4. Limited bathing with a dog shampoo/rinse with soothing moisturizers like oatmeal and aloe vera
  5. Increased Essential Fatty Acids (note: always speak with your vet first):Raw Eggs Can Help Your Dog's Dry Skin
    • For conditioned skin:
      • Zinc & Vitamin A
      • Raw eggs
      • Sardines & Herrings
    • For mild, seasonal allergies like dust mites, human dander, cotton, wool and mold. Antihistamines can be sparingly used (like Benadryl), but the natural alternative, Quercetin or Quercetin Bromelain, is much safer for dogs. Quercetin is part of a group of natural, water-soluble plant pigments called flavonoids. (Long-term use of OTC products like Benadryl (specifically the ingredient diphenhydramine) may cause dementia in dogs and humans.)
Quercetin is Nature's Form of Benadryl
Courtesy: Rodney Habib, Pet Nutrition Blogger

Dry Winter Air: Felines

Good Nutrition and Hydration Help Cat's Dry SkinJust like their canine friends, our felines are just as susceptible to winter dryness. But excessive itchiness and scratching can lead to unwanted infections and wounds for your cat. Below are some remedies to keep your cat’s skin well-conditioned.

“Good nutrition is essential for your cat’s healthy skin and coat … along with good hydration for the optimal function of every feline organ including her skin.” (iheartcats.com)

 

Remedies:

  1. Increased brushing to stimulate and distribute the skin’s natural oils. Avoid bathing your cat in winter.
  2. Increased Omega-3 Fatty Acids (note: always speak with your vet first).
  3. Vitamin E.
  4. Feed a high-quality cat food with a high content of water.
  5. Add olive, fish, krill and mussel and coconut oils to food (coconut oil can also be massaged into the fur). Do not use grapeseed or flaxseed oil, cats cannot properly process these oils.
  6. Cats can also suffer from seasonal allergies. Like dogs, cats can be given an OTC antihistamine. But the natural alternative, Quercetin or Quercetin Bromelain, is much safer.

With some proactive care and remedies along with your vet’s advice, you and your pets can comfortably enjoy the winter season!

 


The Grooming Tools You Need this WinterThe Grooming Tools YOU Can’t Live Without this Winter!

With our pets spending more time inside during the winter months, you may begin noticing more sinus problems from built-up dander, dead hair and pet allergens!

The EquiGroomer Grooming Tools along with bathing can really help cut down on accumulating dead hair, pet dander and allergens inside your closed-up house!

 For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

6 Tips for Treating Your Dog’s Dry Winter Skin

6 Tips for Your Cat’s Dry Winter Skin

6 Tips for Keeping Your Dog’s Skin and Coat Healthy during the Winter Months

Nature’s Benadryl: Quercetin

Cats with Dry Skin – Best Natural Remedies for Dry Skin in Cats

 

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National Cat Health Month: 4 Things Your Cat Wants!

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February is National Cat Health Month

February is the month of love and National Cat Health Month! It’s the purr-fect time to show your feline some extra love!

Below are the top 4 demands on your cat’s wish list for a happy and healthy life!


Try a new litter box for National Cat Health MonthChange My Litter!

Do you hate cleaning your cat’s dirty litter? You’re not alone!

Maybe it’s time to shop for a new litter box both you and your cat will love! From automatic, self-cleaning boxes to fashionable and hidden boxes, The Strategist by the New York magazine, has got you (and your cat) covered!

Click here to check out the top 9 litter boxes of 2019 according to veterinarians and rescuers.

Spoil Me with the Best Healthy Treats!

All pets enjoy yummy treats including your resident cat! The best (andNational Cat Health Month means high quality protein treats healthy) kitty treats contain:

  • High-quality animal protein instead of by-products or meat meal
  • No added fillers:
    • Corn, wheat, soy, sugar or sweeteners or sodium
  • No added artificial flavors, preservatives or dyes:
    • BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin; glycerin (vegetable glycerin is safe)

Look for natural preservatives like Vitamin E (tocopherol) and Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

From freeze-dried treats to kibble toppers, fish flakes to rich, nutritious bone broth, your cat will meow with pleasure with these vetted treats!

Click here to check out the best cat treats of 2019 as recommended by veterinarians and discriminating kitties.


Want to show your love with a homemade and organic cat treat? Make your cat purr with delight with Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats containing organic catnip by Sarah Lipoff at POPSUGAR Pets! 

(Note: Swap out the chicken for organic salmon or tuna instead.)


Feed a high quality diet for your cat's best healthFeed Me a High-Quality Diet!

Your cat’s diet is the foundation of his overall and optimal well-being. Following the guidelines below with help your feline enjoy a long, healthy and comfortable life.

  • Primarily high-quality animal meat/organ protein
  • Water-rich food instead of dry kibble
  • Moderate level of fat
  • Low carbohydrates (less than 10% carbohydrate calories)

  

Groom, Rub and Love Me!

While most cats seem to do a good job of grooming themselves, it’s still very important to regularly groom your cat.

  1. Regular brushing will help keep your cat’s fur well-conditioned with natural oils, avoid painful tangles and mats as well as keep the skin clean and irritant-free. (Look for bald patches, signs of fleas, ticks or other parasites and unusual bumps, wounds, infections or tenderness.)
  2. Daily brushing helps cut down on hairballs from excess fur.
  3. Regular grooming can help detect any potential issues early.

Both grooming and massaging will help your cat relax and naturally strengthens the bond between you.  Massaging should start with the areas your cat already enjoys being touched with slow, soft and gentle strokes down their back, slow circular motions on the shoulders, rubbing behind the ears and under the chin. While some cats hate having their paws touched, others love having the center pad of each paw gently rubbed. (It’s also a great time to moisturize dry, itchy or cracked pads too!)

Regularly groom and massage your feline
 


The Perfect National Cat Health Month gift!The Giftbag Your Feline Can’t Live Without!

Effectively grooming your cat needs the right tools to gently brush the hair and remove any dead undercoat without discomfort.

The EquiGroomer’s Gift Bag for Cats includes a 5” grooming tool for painlessly and easily removing dead hair, dust and coat dander. Also included is a laser pointer and cat toy for hours of feline fun! The purr-fect gift to show your cat some extra love!

 

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.

 


Additional Reading:

National Cat Health Month

February is National Cat Health Month

Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition

Cat Food – Nutritional Composition

Cat Grooming

How to Give Your Cat the Best Massage Ever

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Welcome to International Hoof Care Week for Your Horse

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From January 21 until 24, International Hoof Care Week focuses on proactive hoof care education.

The Importance of Good Hoof Health and Care

International Hoof Care Week advocates regular and proactive hoof care to sidestep painful consequences. Consequences include but are not limited to: 

  • Toe injuries
  • Discomfort while standing Proactive Hoof Care is Essential for Horses
  • Cracks in the hoof and hoof wall
  • Sore and tender feet, foot diseases and infections
  • Thrush during the winter (from standing in mud and snow)
  • White line disease or seedy toe (caused by a keratin-digesting fungi)
  • Laminitis/founder (AKA road or grass founder); lameness from hoof pressure and pain caused by overfeeding
  • Soft tissue injuries including abscesses (from bacteria and fungi)

It’s important for the horse owner to be able to recognize hoof issues requiring professional attention. For more help on Common Hoof Problems and Solutions, click here for a Quick Guide. Keep reading to learn why healthy hooves contribute to an overall healthy horse.

Protect and Strengthen Horse's Hooves Year roundHealthy Horses Have Healthy Hooves

Strong, solid and healthy hooves are the foundation of a healthy horse. It’s vital to proactively protect and strengthen the equine hooves year-round. This helps avoid additional health issues, discomfort and pain for a horse.

Weak hooves can be an outcome of one of more of these 4 issues:

  1. Bad genes.
  2. An inherited or congenital issue.
  3. A nutritional imbalance.
  4. Unhygienic living conditions.

Proactive Hoof Care Basics

Prevention is always better when it comes to any kind of health care for the animals in our lives. Responsible hoof care involves five criticalFor Strong Hooves, Support the Keratin Layer areas:

  1. A nutritious diet with high-quality forage and grain.
  2. Appropriate nutrient supplements as recommended by your vet or farrier.
  3. Regular hoof moisturizing and conditioning to support/replace the outer layers of keratin for strong hooves.
  4. Regular trimming and/or shoeing.
  5. A clean and sanitary living environment.

“Sometimes, even with the best care, bacteria can work its way into the hoof and cause problems. Immediate farrier and veterinary attention can quickly resolve most issues, but the key is to prevent these conditions from developing.” (The American Farriers Journal)

Natural Equine Hoof Care

There are a variety of natural remedies that can proactively help protect and address common hoog issues. Always work with your veterinarian for a correct diagnosis before trying any new treatment.

  • Omega-3 Oil and Vitamins A and D
    • When used together, they actively promote tissue repair and the growth of healthy hooves.
  • Birch Bark Extract
    • Used for centuries in veterinarian (and human) medicine with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. The naturally pain-relieving component is called betulin (it gives the birch bark its white color) and provides relief for a variety of hoof ailments.
  • Biotin Supplements
    • Promotes good hoof growth and overall health.Soft Mash from Linseed Supports Good Hoof Care
  • Linseed Mash
    • Helpful with thrush, a soft mash poultice made from boiling linseeds (also known as flaxseeds). Spread the warm poultice over the hoof and wrap. 
  • Absorbine Veterinary Liniment
    • A blend of natural herbs and essential oils. Helps prevent, soothe and treat common hoof fungal and bacterial conditions (including thrush and white line disease).
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Use as a soak for thrush and abscesses. Use ¼ cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water.
  • Epsom Salts
    • Draws out infection in a horse’s foot. Use 2 cups per gallon of warm water. Soak the infected hoof twice daily for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the abscess begins to drain.

To learn more other DIY home remedies, click here to read Home Remedies for Hooves.

Follow what’s happening during International Hoof Care Week by using the hashtag, #InternationalHoofCareWeek on social media!

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Want to stay current with the latest in equine hoof care? Click here to subscribe to the American Farriers Journal’s Hoof-Care Advisor Daily


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The EquiGroomer WaterWisk is both effective and safe at removing water from even on bony areas like hips and legs. Made from cedar which is naturally water-resistant and mold-resistant.


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Additional Reading:

Protect, Prevent and Strengthen with Hoof Doctor

The Equine Podiatry Association

American Association of Equine Practitioners

Make Your Own Horse Care Remedies

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Winter Dog Grooming Tips After a Walk in the Cold

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Winter Grooming Tips after a Walk with your dog
Dog walking during the winter months comes with different grooming challenges and needs. From dry skin to embedded dirt, burrs and even salt, it’s important to properly address these seasonal issues.

 

 

Welcome to International Dog Walking Month

Dogs Still Need Walks in WinterDespite the freezing temperatures, slippery, snowy conditions and cold winter winds, the canines of our lives still need to stay physically active with regular walks even if they are shorter. Physical activity not only helps our dogs stay happy and healthy but also helps them avoid risky K9 obesity and its related health issues. But winter also creates different dog grooming needs.

 

Winter Grooming Essentials

It’s important to stick to your dog’s regular grooming during winter months to keep their skin and fur healthy and well-protected. Colder weather stimulates more hair and coat growth from spending time in heat (inside) and outside in the colder winter weather. It’s critical to be just as thorough with grooming your dog as you are in the warmer months for your dog’s overall health, well-being and comfort.

 


“There’s a common misconception that dogs don’t need to be groomed, or only groomed minimally, over the winter months. Grooming over the winter months becomes even more important to the health of your dog than at any other time of the year. Long, wet, matted hair easily makes a cold, wet, and infection-susceptible dog.

(Alyssa Hill, DogTown Groomer, Best Friends Animal Society)


 

Keep Brushing Your DogProper Grooming Addresses Winter Dry Skin in Dogs

  • Cold and dry air outside exacerbates dry, chafed and itchy skin for our dogs.
  • Home heating also contributes to drying out and dehydrating the skin.
  • By regularly brushing your dog, naturals oils are stimulated and distributed throughout your K9’s coat keeping it well-conditioned and moisturized. (Try our EquiGroomer grooming tools!)
  • Regular brushing also helps your dog maintain the perfect temperature for his ultimate comfort.
  • Regular brushing helps remove dead and shedding hair thereby reducing matting. Mats in your dog’s fur compromise its natural insulating abilities.

 

Yes, You Can Bathe Fido in the Winter!

After a romp in the woods or the city, a warm bath is a perfect way to end your dog’s walk! You can still give your dog a bath in the winter months, just follow some common-sense rules.

  • Ensure the bathwater is warm – not hot – to avoid aggravating dry orWinter Dog Grooming Requires a Fully Dry Dog Coat itchy skin on your canine.
  • Thoroughly brush your dog before a bath to remove any tangles. Soap can be left behind in tangled hair and cause irritations. Tangles can also turn into mats when wet. Matted fur does not provide warmth in the cold and can create discomfort, pain and hot spots for your dog along with other skin problems.
  • Gently brush away as much dirt, burrs, ice, salt, sand and chemicals in your dog’s coat for a better bathing experience.
  • Use the EquiGroomer WaterWisk Pet Squeegee to ensure the removal of all excess soap and water from your dog’s coat.
  • Ensure your dog is completely dry before they go back outside so they do not become chilled and susceptible to potentially dangerous hypothermia. If your dog has a very thick coat, use a blow dryer (on a mild setting) to make sure your dog’s coat is completely dry.
  • Only use a dog-friendly, mild and non-drying shampoo with a nourishing conditioner for the best overall results for your pet’s coat.

To further address dry and flaky skin on your dog, give them a gentle massage using a dog-friendly moisturizer. It’s a wonderful way to bond with your dog while relaxing and grooming them at the same time!

Dog Massage Helps Winter Dry Skin

 


Use the EquiGroomer WaterWisk for Winter Dog GroomingSave both time and mess when bathing your dog!

Save bathing time and mess by adding the WaterWisk Pet Squeegee to your dog’s grooming tool kit for removing excess soap and water from their coat easily and quickly.

The EquiGroomer WaterWisk is both effective and safe at removing water from even on bony areas like hips and legs. Made from cedar which is naturally water-resistant and mold-resistant. 

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


 

Additional Reading:

Winter Grooming

15 Winter Care Tips for Your Dog

9 Winter Dog Grooming Tips and Reminders – Part 1

6 Grooming Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy During the Cold, Wet Months

The Importance of Winter Grooming: Follow Our Four Tips!

 

 

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Dry Winter Skin in Horses: 5 Powerful Herbs that Help

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Use Natural Herbs for Your Horse's Dry Winter Skin

Colder winter temperatures pose challenges for our horses, especially when it comes to dry skin. But before using pharmaceutical topicals, learn more about the natural herbs for soothing and healing your equine’s dry winter skin.

 

What Causes Dry Winter Skin in Horses?

Changes in weather can increase dry winter skin dryness in horses. Even coldBlankets Help Protect the Horse's Skin in Winter temperatures can cause moisture to evaporate from your horse’s skin leading to dry hair and skin. In addition, cold winter winds also cause the skin to become irritated, chapped and flaky.

To help avoid dry and irritated winter skin, keep your horse’s coat well-conditioned and protected with blankets and/or shelter from the harsh winter elements.

Other potential causes of dry winter skin include:

  • Allergies
  • Over Bathing
  • Poor Grooming
  • Diet & Dehydration
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Weakened Immune System

 

Why Herbal Skin Remedies?

Many natural herbs offer powerful skin-soothing and healing properties with rare side effects. Unlike many man-made products with artificial ingredients, colors and even preservatives potentially creating unwanted, negative side effects. Botanicals are known to naturally and gently soothe, cool and heal a variety of skin conditions (for both people and horses).


“With the explosion of interest in natural remedies in recent years, we have seen a leap in scientific investigations into how herbal skin remedies work for both us and our horses.” (Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD)


Natural herbs can gently protect – and promote – equine skin wellness.Herbs can Heal And Protect Dry Winter Skin in Horses Carefully chosen – and properly used – herbs and essential oils are powerful in soothing, nourishing and healing dry skin. They can also help alleviate the intense itchiness which often deteriorates into a never-ending cycle of inflammation and exacerbated itchiness.

Natural herbal remedies come in a variety of forms including:

  • Balms, Salves and Creams
  • Sprays
  • Ointments
  • Essential Oils

While dry skin is not life-threatening, it should never be ignored for your equine’s wellness and comfort. Just like with humans, the horse’s skin is the largest organ and its condition indicates your horse’s overall health.

 

5 Herbs to Relieve Dry and Irritated Winter Skin

The botanicals below possess a variety of naturally occurring properties to help reduce pain and soothe inflammation from dry skin and make your horse feel more comfortable. In addition, these herbs also promote natural and accelerated healing of the skin.

Aloe is Powerful for Healing Skin

Aloe

Calendula Soothes Horse's Dry Winter Skin

Calendula

Chickweed Heals Equine Dry Winter Skin

Chickweed

Comfrey Root Heals Dry Skin

Comfrey Root

Echinacea Heals and Soothes Dry Winter Skin

Echinacea


Make a Natural Aloe & Tea Tree Oil Spray for Your Horse

Mix water, aloe vera gel and tea tree oil; spray on dry, itchy skin.

(Source: Horse Home Remedies from DanceyQuarterHorses.com)


Essential Oils

Essential Oils are Natural Antimicrobials

 

These natural oils are distilled from leaves, flowers or woods. Many are also antimicrobial (topical disinfectants). But it’s important to remember that essential oils are also highly potent and can be irritating or even toxic if they are not properly diluted. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Warning: If you or your horse are pregnant (or could be), avoid using essential oils.

 

 

Recommendations

  • All herbal products should only be applied to a clean area. Test Herbal Products First on the Back of the Horse's Pastern
  • Botanically active chemicals may trigger allergic reactions especially for horses with sensitive skin. First test an herbal product on the skin at the back of the pastern (the leg area between the fetlock and the top of the hoof). Watch for any negative reactions for 24 hours before applying to the problem area.
  • Herbal remedies like aloe, comfrey, calendula and lavender stimulate healing and have a low risk of irritation.
  • Herbal remedies including mullein, yarrow and tea tree oil promote skin conditioning. Never use undiluted tea tree oil on your horse.
  • Store all herbal remedies in a cool place away from sunlight in lightproof containers.
  • Throw away opened botanical products after one year after purchase. (Sooner if there is a change in smell, color or texture.)
  • Herbal products still sealed in airtight containers and properly stored are good for up to two years.

Before using any herbal or botanical remedy or essential oils on your horse, work with your regular veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to protect your horse’s overall well-being, safety and wellness.


EquiGroomer's Horse Grooming ToolsRegular grooming keeps your horse’s skin well-conditioned!

Winter’s cold and dry air can lead to dry and itchy skin for your horse. Regular grooming helps stimulate and distribute natural oils in their skin.

The EquiGroomer products offer easy brushing with NO pulling or discomfort and removes only what needs to be removed.

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

Herbs for Your Horse’s Skin

How to Eliminate Dandruff and Dry Skin in Your Horse’s Mane, Tail and Coat

Horse Home Remedies

Tea Tree Oil and Horses

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Because Dogs are for Life, Not Just for the Holidays

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Dogs are For Life, Not Just Holidays

Oh, those heart-tugging commercials encouraging giving pets as holiday gifts. But dogs are not just another package under the tree; dogs are for life!


The Reality of Giving Pets as Holiday Gifts

They may be one of the easiest gifts to buy, but sadly many of these holiday pets are given up once the holidays are over and life returns to normal leaving little time for a new dog or cat in the household.  But dogs are not just another wrapped Christmas gift; dogs are for life!


“Dog ownership is wonderful, and we aren’t saying don’t get a dog, we’re just asking that people are sure they are ready for the long-term commitment that comes with it.” 
Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust (UK) Chief Executive


The statistics show a peak in the first few months of the new year of people surrendering puppies – or other pets – they received as gifts over the holiday. Just like the new toys and gifts quickly forgotten and tossed aside, the excitement and interest over a new puppy or dog begins to fade and new owners are overwhelmed with the responsibility for that once-adorable canine or feline.

Dogs are for LifeClick here to watch the new ad from the UK Dogs Trust: “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.”

6 Reasons Why Christmas Pets are a Bad Idea

Owning a Pet is a Family DecisionOwning a Pet Is a Family Decision

Having a pet is a family responsibility. So, it stands to reason that the decision should be made as a family because everyone will need to care for the new addition.

Impulse Buys are Usually a Bad Idea

We’ve all made impulse buys just to regret them later. Involving an innocent and helpless animal in an impulse buy is rarely a good idea.

Pets Should NOT be a Surprise

Pet ownership is a commitment and should be planned before a new pet comes home. This also includes preparing children to not view a pet as simply a new toy.

A Dog (or any pet) is a Lifetime Commitment

Pets represent a lifetime responsibility. Most pets live anywhere fromAll Pets are a Lifetime Commitment 10-20 years (and even longer). So, people should adopt their own pets when they are ready for the commitment with time, finances and training.

Even Cute Pets Turn Your World Upside Down

Life changes considerably with the addition of a pet. New schedules and routines need to be organized and followed day-in and day-out for the pet’s entire lifespan. There’s no holiday from taking care of your new dog or cat.

New Pets Should be Brought into a Calm Home

Holidays are hectic, busy and often stressful. This is not the time toNew Pets Need a Calm Home bring a new puppy, kitten or even older pet into the home. There are also additional risks for pets at the holidays including decorations, lights, candles, trees, strangers, rich foods and snacks and alcoholic drinks. Holidays can be just as overwhelming and stressful for pets especially in a brand-new home with people they have not bonded with.

Still Want to Gift a Pet? Do This Instead!Always Adopt Don't Shop

Give a gift certificate to a local shelter or rescue. This allows the recipient to properly prepare themselves, their life and home for pet ownership in advance.

They also get to choose the pet of their choice which best fits their lifestyle and expectations for a happy and successful adoption!

A Final Note

If you DO decide to go ahead with giving a pet as a holiday gift, please do not patronize irresponsible backyard breeders, puppy mills or pet stores. Adopt a pet from a local shelter or rescue and give them a second chance at a better life.



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Give the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year! The EquiGroomer tools offer easy brushing of your pet without pulling, discomfort or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin.

The EquiGroomer gift bag is the perfect holiday gift for the pets and pet lovers in your life!


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Additional Reading:

Christmas Advert About Dogs Given as Gifts

True Dog Lovers Don’t Buy Puppies as Christmas Gifts

Why You Shouldn’t Give Pets as Gifts this Christmas

10 Reasons Why Not to Get a Puppy this Christmas

5 Reasons Not to Give a Pet as a Christmas Gift this Year

ISPCA Urges Public Not to Buy or Give Puppies as Presents for Christmas

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How to Keep Felines and Equines Safe This Winter!

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Keep Your Feline Safe in Winter

Welcome to the second part of keeping your pet healthy, happy and safe this winter!

This new post focuses on protecting the well-being of our cats and horses.

As we mentioned in our first blog (protecting dogs), our pets depend upon us to ensure their health, comfort and safety. Despite their fur coats, our pets are still challenged from the cold and wet of winter.

It’s critical to educate ourselves about the winter challenges for our pets. Keep reading to learn the tips for protecting both cats and horses during the winter months.

The Rules of Winter: Cats

Never leave your feline out all winterIf you allow your feline to roam outside during the winter months, always watch the time (keep it short) and monitor their reactions to the cold. Do not let them out during the coldest times of the day or night.

Domestic felines (as opposed to feral felines) do not have coats to adequately protect them in the winter months.

  • Never leave your family cat outside all winter (even with a shelter).
  • Frostbite: Cats are highly susceptible to frostbite on their ears, nose, tail and toes. Affected areas will be pale or bluish-white in color.Cats are very susceptible to frostbite! Immediately get your cat to your vet!
  • Hypothermia: If your feline begins to shiver outside, bring them inside immediately to prevent life-threatening hypothermia. Towel-dry them including paws and toes.

Other signs of hypothermia may include unusual anxiety; crying; or lethargy.

NOTE: If your cat does not stop shivering in a reasonable amount of time, call or take your cat to your veterinarian!

  • Paws & Toes: Check between the toes for frozen snow or ice, dirt orUse olive oil or petroleum jelly on kitty paws rock salt (you don’t want your cat licking any de-icing agents or chemicals). Also, check the paws for cracks and cuts. Massage moisturizing petroleum jelly or olive oil into your feline’s paws and between the toes.

 AVOID cortisone cream, tea tree oil or other essential oils on your cat’s paws without checking with your vet first!

  • Lean Protein: If your indoor cat spends regular time outside, feed them more lean protein.
  • Dry, Flaky and Itchy Skin: Add a small amount of olive to the food (less is more to avoid an upset stomach). Using a home humidifier can also help.
  • Holiday Risks: During the holidays, remember holly and mistletoe are toxic to cats (and dogs).

The Rules of Winter: Horses

  • Shelter: During the winter, horses need access to a barn; or at aHorses need shelter and dry blankets during winter minimum, a three-sided structure to protect themselves.
  • Horse Blankets: Well-fitted blankets keep horses warm and dry.
    • Blanket horses in potential rain, ice and/or freezing rain. But never put a blanket on a wet horse.
    • Body-clipped equines should be blanketed throughout the winter season.
    • Blankets should be used on very young/very old equines or those not yet acclimated to the cold.
    • Horses with a body condition score of three or less should always be blanketed.
  • Unfrozen Water: Ensure your horse’s access to unfrozen water. Horses need more water during the winter to prevent dehydrationHorses need more water during winter and colic.
    • Heated water buckets, water heaters or de-icers will keep water from freezing. The University of Minnesota recommends warm water between 45° and 65° F. (Snow and ice are not adequate sources for water.)

Use the Henneke Body Condition Scoring for your Horse

  • Winter Feeding: By feeding your horse more (even unlimited) forage, they will create more heat and efficiently regulate their body temperature.
  • Special Care: If your horse requires special care during the summer months, that same care needs to be continued through the winter.
  • Equine Skin Care: Horses are prone to skin problems during the winter including ringworm, lice and mites. To learn more, click here: The Horse, “Winter Skin Problems.
  • Hoof Care: Keep up routine hoof care during the winter; including:
    • Trimming: Every 6 to 12 weeks.
    • Daily Picking: To remove packed ice or snow.

Hoof care is still critical during winter months


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Additional Reading:

Five Ways to Protect Pets This Winter

Tips for Protecting Your Cat This Winter

Top 10 Winter Skin and Paw Care Tips

How to Care for a Cat’s Paws

Caring for Your Horse in the Winter

Tips to Protect Your Horse’s Skin in All Kinds of Weather

Winter Skin Problems

Under, Over, or Ideal (Henneke Body Condition Scoring Scale)

 

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Keep Your Pet Safe This Winter with These 5 Tips!

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Protect Your Horse During Winter

Winter is approaching which means fewer daylight hours, colder temperatures and stormy weather.
Are you ready to protect your pets from the challenges of winter?

Every pet depends upon their owners to ensure their health, safety and wellness, especially during the winter!

Winter Poses Unique Challenges for Pet Wellness

Protect Your Cat in WinterBy educating ourselves about the unique challenges of winter, including wet, stormy and freezing weather, pet owners can effectively keep their pet comfortable and safe while also preventing illness – or worse – for their beloved animal companion.

“It’s important to remember that, despite their fur coats, pets can suffer from the cold just like we do. So, it’s up to us to make sure we provide the extra care they need during colder weather.”

Nina Downing, Vet Nurse of the UK’s People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (or PDSA)

Unfortunately, our pets cannot vocalize how they are feeling, whether they are sick or even suffering (and most pets will try to hide sickness or pain). Keep reading about how to best prevent your canine friend from the dangers of winter!

(Our next blog post, at the end of November, will cover protecting both felines and equines.)

The Rules of Winter: Dogs

Despite the appearance of an impressive winter coat on many dogs, they still get wet and chilled. All dogs should always have access to insideProtect Your Dog During Winter shelter for warmth, safety, well-being and protection.

  1. NEVER Leave Dogs …

In cars, in the back of pickups or anywhere that is unheated in order to protect them from dangerous hypothermia.

  1. Use Coats & Boots

Is your dog very young or old? Are they sick? Or do they have a very thin coat of hair?

    • A well-fitted, waterproof coat can help protect dogs who are vulnerable.
    • Properly fitted dog boots can also be helpful in protecting tender paws.
  1. Maintain Regular Brushing

Maintain your dog’s regular brushing to help stimulate and distribute natural oils to combat your pet’s dry and itchy skin from winter’s cold and dry air.

  1. Limit Time Outside

Dogs will still need daily walks but never keep them outside for long periods of time. Even the hardiest canine who loves the snow canDog Paws Are Sensitive to Snow suffer negative effects from extended exposure to snow, ice and plummeting temperatures. It’s better to go out more often for shorter lengths of time. If your dog begins regularly lifting his paw(s), it’s time to go inside, warm up and check his paws.

  1. After Being Outside

After coming inside, immediately:

    • Towel-dry a wet dog (or cat).
    • If they have longer hair, use a blow-dryer (on a LOW setting at a comfortable distance) to get them completely dry.
    • Carefully check their paws (especially between the toes) and remove any:
      • Frozen snow/ice
      • Commercial ice melt products
      • Salt
      • Grit or dirt

These can cause unwanted friction and subsequent pain for your dog. You also do not want your dog licking/ingesting any of the causticitems.

    • Gently massage paws (and between the toes) with a pet-friendly and food-grade wax or balm to heal – and protect – cracked pads and irritated skin. (You can also use this in hot weather.) Use on cracked noses for additional protection too!

Protect Dogs Paws and Noses this Winter


Want to make your own Paw Wax with healthy and safe ingredients?

Watch the DIY video from Rodney Habib here

 ~ OR ~

 Use the homemade Paw Balm recipe for dogs from Christina Walker

on her Everyday Dog Mom blog!


REMINDER: Come back for our next blog post, at the end of November,

to learn the best winter tips for protecting both cats and horses.


 Remember regular grooming is important even during winter months!

Winter’s cold and dry air can lead to dry and itchy skin for your pet. Regular grooming helps stimulate and distribute natural oils in their skin.

The EquiGroomer offers easy brushing with NO pulling, discomfort or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin.

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Buy A Gift Bag for Your Cat

Buy a Gift Bag for Your Dog


The EquiGroomer gift bag is the perfect holiday gift for the pets 
and pet lovers in your life!

(Just click on an image to order – cat or dog.)

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

Keeping Pets Safe and Healthy Over Winter

Keep Your Furry Friends Safe with These 9 Winter Pet Safety Tips

12 Coziest Dog Coats for Winter

Caring for Your Horse in the Winter

 

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National Pet Wellness Month … Make it Last All Year!

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The wellness of the animals in our lives depends upon us. Every October is National Pet Wellness Month, but pet wellness lasts long beyond the month of October!

Happy pets enjoy optimal well-being, health and comfort. Throughout all the stages of their lives, our pets depend upon us to ensure not only their best daily care but proactive care as well.

 

The Stages of Aging

By the age of seven, dogs are considered seniors.Each stage of your pet’s life has its own requirements for well-being. The needs of a puppy, kitten or foal will be different from an adult or senior. So, it’s important to focus on the specific wellness needs and effective preventative care for their age, breed, health history and potential aging challenges.

“By the age of two, most dogs and cats have already reached adulthood.

By the time they reach age four, they’re considered middle-aged.

At the age of seven, many dogs have already started their senior years.

— American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Horses enjoy a much longer life span reaching adulthood around 5, middle-age by the age of 13 and are considered seniors around the age of 20. (Source: Equine Resources International)

Annual Proactive Pet Wellness

Your pet’s overall well-being and preventative care should regularly include the following 3 areas with your veterinarian’s support.

 Wellness Exams

  • Annual: Wellness exams every year for younger dogs and cats.
  • Bi-Annual: Six-month wellness exams for senior pets: Equines need bi-annual wellness exams.
    • Cats: Around 8-10 years old
    • Dogs: Around 6-8 years of life (larger breed K9s age faster)
    • Horses: Along with routine vaccinations in the spring and fall
  • Your pet’s healthy weight helps ward off serious health conditions like:
    • Diabetes;
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Chronic inflammation; and
    • Other potential issues and diseases.
  • Vaccinations including core (yearly) and non-core inoculations.
  • Parasite Prevention (external and internal):
    • Ticks & Fleas
    • Heartworms
    • Worms
  • Spaying and Neutering

Dental Exams

Chronic dental disease can create and spread inflammation throughout your pet’s body creating other health challenges. Maintaining good oral hygiene minimizes the formation of tartar, plaque and gingivitis and in turn, additional inflammation in the body. While 1 in 3 pet owners assume bad breath is “normal” for their pet, the reality is it’s a sign of potentially painful and harmful oral disease. (Source: YourHomeTownVet.com)

Blood and Lab Work Baselines help monitor your pet's health.

Blood and lab work done on younger pets helps establish a baseline or “normal” for your pet. Later changes in their health or potential disease can then be easily detected and proactively addressed.

Daily Wellness Care Practices

Between the recommended annual and bi-annual pet wellness needs, daily pet wellness includes:

  • Regular exercise (appropriate for the age, breed and health history);
  • High-quality nutrition (based on the breed, age and level of activity);
  • Consistent grooming (including teeth brushing);
  • Effective pet identification (tags, microchips and tattoos); and
  • Quality, one-on-one time.Always work with your vet for your pet's best well-being.

Regular and proactive wellness care helps ensure a healthier and longer lifespan for your pet while ensuring their best quality of life and comfort. But it also helps you, the owner, better manage healthcare costs by proactively addressing and preventing potential and costly health issues.

If you’re unsure about:

  • How much daily exercise your pet needs;
  • The nutritional needs for your pet; or
  • Any other aspect of their regular well-being;

talk to your veterinarian to set up an appropriate well-being plan to address your pet’s needs for a happy and healthy life throughout the entire year! 

 


EquiGroomer Products

Remember, regular grooming is important for your pet’s optimum wellness!

Finding and using the right tool, like the EquiGroomer products, will help make the experience easier, gentler and stress-free for both you and your pet!

 Try our EquiGroomer for easy brushing with NO pulling, discomfort or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin.

Also, add our WaterWisk Pet Squeegee and Sweat Scraper to your

pet’s bathing routine!

EquiGroomer Products

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

October is National Pet Wellness Month (AVMA)

October is National Pet Wellness Month

Annual Wellness Exams for Horses

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The 10 Essential Basics of Pet Grooming

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Regular pet grooming is a wonderful and natural experience which not only cares for their coat, but also serves as a powerful bonding experience between you and your pet.

Grooming is so much more than a show-worthy coat.

 

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Our canines, felines, equines, rabbits (and other pets) depend upon us fortheir best possible life. A vital part of caring for their overall health includes regular grooming to maintain their overall comfort with healthy skin, a shiny and soft coat and new hair growth between bathing.

 

The Essentials of Grooming: Brushing

“One of the first indications that all is not well inside is a change of hair coat and skin. Also check for lumps, bumps, and overall body condition.” (Bernadine Cruz, DVM)

 

Brushing your pet’s coat several times a week or more offers many physical and mental benefits.

  1. Proper and consistent brushing helps cut down on Rabbits Need Regular Brushinghairballs for cats (as well as rabbits and yes, even some dogs!).
  2. Did you know that a kitty’s skin is much thinner and more sensitive to tangles and mats? In fact, out of control mats can hinder your cat from properly resting or even lying down in some positions without discomfort and pain. (A rabbit’s skin is also quite sensitive and fragile.)
  3. Brushing removes loose hair, dust, mud, dirt and dander.
  4. Brushing helps reduce shedding.
  5. Brushing helps distribute essential natural skin oils throughout the pet’s coat.
  6. Brushing your horse before riding will remove any grit that could cause saddle or girth sores.
  7. Brushing offers the opportunity to catch potential health issues early which may help save on costly vet visits for:
    • Skin issues including infections, irritations and/or inflammationsEven Cats Love the EquiGroomer
    • Lumps and bumps
    • Injuries
    • Matted and/or tangled hair
    • Burrs
    • Ticks, Mites, Fleas and “flea dirt” (aka flea poop)
  8. Removing old hair keeps your dog cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with a new insulating undercoat.
  9. Brushing helps reduce human allergies to dander.
  10. Brushing relaxes both you and your pet with this wonderful bonding routine. It also helps reduce stress (yours and theirs).

 

Brushing Different Types of Coats

Double-Coats:

  • Breeds:  Akita, Alaskan and Siberian Husky, Malamute, American Eskimo, Chow, Collies, Keeshonden, Beagles, Korean Jindo,Groom Your K9 With EquiGroomer Pomeranian, Corgi, Puli, Leonberger, Golden Retriever and Shiba Inu
  • Beneath the top layer of long hair is a soft downy undercoat which acts as insulation in both cold and hot months.
  • The down undercoat can mat and tangle if not regularly maintained. An unmanaged undercoat can also cause your dog to overheat.

Silky-Coats:

  • Breeds: Afghan Hounds, Yorkies, Setters, Cockers, Pekingese and Maltese
  • Tangles and mats in these breeds are common without constant brushing.

Curly & Wiry Coats:

  • Breeds: Schnauzer, Dachshund, Poodle, Bichon and Terrier
  • These coats require regular brushing to stop mats from developing.
  • Coats need to be hand-stripped twice a year or regularly clipped.

Shorthaired Coats:

  • Breeds: American Foxhound, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Terrier, Basset Hound, Basenji, Coonhound, Bloodhound, Lab and Pug
  • Coats require weekly grooming to keep the skin and coat in its optimum condition.

Dogs Love Being Groomed by the EquiGroomerRegular brushing is an essential part of your pet’s overall hygiene, health, comfort and happiness.

Also, finding and using the right tool, like the EquiGroomer products, will help make the experience easier, gentler and stress-free for both you and your pet!

 


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Additional Reading:

Pet Care: Why Grooming is Important

Why Grooming Your Dog Is Great for His Health

7 Reasons Why You Should Brush Your Dog’s Coat on a Regular Basis

How to Groom a Rabbit (Complete Brushing Guide)

How to Groom Your Horse

5 Ways to Save on Vet Costs

 

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